Onamatanga gets new classrooms

21 Sep 2015 11:10am
ONAMATANGA, 21 SEP (NAMPA) – The Onamatanga Primary School (PS) of Ruacana Constituency in the Omusati Region on Friday received a three-classroom building donated by Erongo Region-based fishing companies.
It includes an administrative room and a solar power system.
The fishing companies, including Erongo Marine Enterprises and Gendev Group, funded the construction of the building to the tune of N.dollars 1.3 million.
The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhard Esau officially inaugurated the building on Friday and was accompanied by a representative of the fishing companies.
In his inauguration address, Esau described the construction of the said building as a milestone in the development of the country’s socio-economic contribution, particularly to the learners of Onamatanga PS.
“As a nation, we do not need only support and assistance from our government but also complementing efforts from our development partners, such as the private companies or institutions in order to maintain a conducive environment for our learners,” he noted.
Esau said it also ensures that the basics as well as necessary facilities are available for learners’ learning process.
The minister then urged the school’s community to maintain a high standard of hygiene at all times and to ensure that no vandalism is tolerated at the school.
“Pease keep the classrooms neat and tidy all the times,” Esau urged.
Representative of the companies, Muetulamba Shingenge said the case of the Onamatanga community was relayed to the companies by former president Sam Nujoma, who appealed to them to offer assistance to that community.
The issue was children from the Onamatanga community walk more than 40 kilometres (km) to and from Tjimuhiva Combined School (CS) at Onamatanga village for Grade five.
“They walked clapping hands and beating drums and sticks to keep wild animals away,” Shingenge pointed out, adding that elephants were amongst the wild animals.
Onamatanga is situated in the southwest grazing area of the Ruacana Constituency, some 150km from the constituency office.
The school previously had two-classrooms and storeroom building.
The Grade One and Two learners were taught in one classroom and Grades Three and Four in the other due to the lack of enough classroom space.
The school was established in 1964 and currently accommodates 61 learners in Grades One to Four.